Cornelia Brand

HOUSTON — Sarah Cornelia Smith Brand, 100, died Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at Floy Dyer Manor in Houston. She was born Oct. 13, 1912, in Chickasaw County to William David Smith, Jr. and Lorena Lyles Smith.

She was a retired LPN and homemaker, and a member of Houston First Baptist Church where she was a former Sunday school teacher and G.A. leader.

Services are Thursday, Jan. 3, at 11 a.m. at Houston Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Dearman officiating. Burial will follow at Houston Cemetery.

Houston Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

A complete obituary will be published in the Wednesday, Jan. 9, Chickasaw Journal.

Survivors include children, Judge W. W. Brand, Jr. and wife, Betty of Houston, Ann Colbert and husband, Thomas of Flowood, and Nancy Montgomery of Gulfport;  grandchildren, Betsy Hurst and husband, Michael of Houston, Texas, Dr. W.W. Brand, III and wife, Mindy of Amory, Thomas Colbert, Jr. of Flowood, Marcy Bertling and husband, Buddy of Lompac, Calif., and Dean Montgomery of Gulfport; great-grandchildren, Katie Deakins and husband, Kyle of Casper, WY, Josie , Daniel, and Sarah Grace Bertling of Lompac, Gus, Will and Lee Brand of Amory.

She was preceded in death by her husband, W.W. Brand, Sr., granddaughter, Christy Colbert Butler and son-in-law, Donald Dean Montgomery, parents, and eight siblings.

Pallbearers are her grandsons.

Visitation is from 10 a.m. until service time Thursday at Houston Funeral Home.

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